After graduating from college in May I had so many mixed emotions about my future and what my next step would be. I personally chose to go to graduate school right after college but I know many friends who went straight into the workforce. Now 10 months after graduation, here are 5 things I’ve learned so far:
1. Do not rush into grad school just because it seems like the safest route to take!
I am a HUGE advocate of getting as much education as you can. However, grad school takes a lot of time, energy, money, and sacrifice. If you’re not sure that business or film or accounting or whatever you’re interested in is what you really want to make a career out of, just wait! Take some time to learn new hobbies, apply for jobs inside and outside of your field, travel if you can. The more passionate you are about your interest the more motivated you’ll be to pursue a masters degree.
2. Your social life will change after college…as it should.
College was so much fun for me and I still think of all the girls night outs and celebrations I had with my friends last year. But now that I’m out of college, it’s harder to say yes to every social outing. First of all, I’m a lot more tired after a long work week and secondly, going out after college feels more complicated. No one has their own place or dorm anymore to meet up at, in Los Angeles getting from point A to point B can mean expensive Ubers and lots of traffic, and the college town vibe can be hard to find with mixed crowds.
3. You’ll have a huge urge to move out of your parents house quickly!
My parents and I get along well but, I still think about moving out and getting my own place ASAP. In Los Angeles this can be very hard seeing that most apartments start at 1200/month. All of my friends are going through the same struggle and we continue to motivate each other to save, work, and save! Just know that it takes time to create a decent amount of savings to move out and if you can take advantage of saving while you’re at home do it (just not forever).
4. Building a network of friends can be difficult.
Moving back to your hometown can mean returning to the same friends from high school. For me I was happy to hang with my high school friends again but as a pretty social person, I still wanted a new network of people to talk to. The best advice I have for this is to say yes to new things! Be open to conversations with new people and push yourself to get to know people outside your long time friends.
5. Creating goals for yourself keeps you motivated.
I am very goal-orientated person so after college I made sure to sit down and make a list of things I wanted to accomplish in the next few months, in the next year, and even in the next five years. Doing this while constantly setting smaller goals in between have kept me motivated about my future! No matter what your goals are writing them down and setting a game plan can make a world of a difference.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my post and learned a few things! I can go on and on about each of these topics so look out for a more detailed post on these in the future.
Thanks for reading,